Oh hi there…

Wait… what? I have a blog? Oh yeah I did do that once. Oh goodness. I wish I could tell you I felt bad or even that I am committed to doing better, but neither would be the truth. Do people even do personal blogs anymore? Facebook, Instagram and Photostream just make it too darn easy to snap a picture and share. To make things even more sad I usually only share phone pics. Gah! I paid good money for a nice camera and classes to learn how to work said camera. So here we go. I’m not making any promises of catching up or being really consistent, but at this moment I’d like to blog.

cradle6

So what to blog about? I spend my days snuggling one stinking cute baby, reading lots of children’s books, playing peek-a-boo and changing little diapers (along with lots of other wifely/mommy/chore doing activities). And I love it all! But is it really share worthy? I’ll be contemplating that for a bit, in the mean time I’ll share with you a story that’s been on my mind (hopefully I get all the details right, it’s been a bit since I’ve heard the story firsthand):

cradle8 cradle12

When my grandparents were expecting their first baby (my mom) my grandma fell in love with a cradle, but knew it was not something they could afford at the time.  Secretly my grandpa saved any money he could. I think he even would skip lunch to save. On Christmas Eve while my grandma was busy at a family party he snuck off with his brother-in-law to set up the cradle he had so sweetly saved for. They hid it out of sight and the next morning he got up early to pull it out and surprise my grandma. I’m sure Christmas morning was a sweet and tender one as they awaited their little one. I know this should be a book or something right!? So cute!

cradle9cradle10

That was about 50 years ago. Since then about 20 little ones have slept in this cradle, all of my moms siblings and my cousins. It may have missed a few of us that were born around the same time, but I think most everyone got it at one point or another. My sweet Grandma and Aunts packed up this precious cradle and sent it all the way to Texas for Adeline and she slept in it for almost 6 months. I remember my mom telling us not to rock our baby sister so hard (sorry Gab) and I can picture each sweet newborn being swaddled and laid so peacefully in it. I love seeing all the little bumps and scratches that were caused by sleepy mamas and papas, little learning hands and toes and being moved and shared amongst family. Thank you grandma and grandpa for sharing this family treasure with us!

Cradle4

Nursery Tour

Adeline’s nursery is my favorite room in the house! Our biggest goal for her room was to create a happy and peaceful place. There was lots of love put into her room. When I was put on bed rest her sweet Daddy made lots of trips to craft stores, finished half done projects and did lots of installation. He even picked out the fabric for her crib skirt.

DSC_0055

DSC_0064

DSC_0063

DSC_0060

37

36

35

32

31

30

33

No where else I’d rather spend my days and nights.

She’s Here!

Adeline Mae Barrick

Addie1_edited-2

May 10, 2013
7:15 am
6lbs 8oz   19.5 inches

We could not be more happy! I had lots of good blogging intentions before Miss Addie Mae came to our family, none of which seem important now. Maybe one of these days I’ll get caught up or share more details about being pregnant or the miracle of Little Miss’s arrival, but for now I’m going to enjoy every little newborn moment and lots and lots of snuggles! So excited to be a family of 3!

Aspen Grove

After a week with my family we headed up to Aspen Grove for a big Damitz family reunion. It was so much fun! We had a blast with all the activities! And I only took about a million pictures so I’ll let them do the talking:

       

                   

Incredible surroundings, amazing company and being the Just Dance Champion, can you ask for a more amazing week?!

Sister Time

Um, Wow! What happened to summer!?! I cannot believe it’s almost gone. What a summer it was filled right up with family, friends, trips and even a few projects.

First Up: I was off to Utah for some much needed sister time!

I helped these guys in my dad’s office. I did some transcribing while they did the nitty gritty patient stuff. I still don’t know how Nichole does it! I so did not get the blood and guts tolerance gene! They are all pro and call him “Dr. Todd” and everything!

Gab was at cheer camp for part of the week so we went to watch her several times.

Brandon didn’t come until later, but Chris and Dad were awesome sports to come and support! Chris even parked like a dork just so we could have a good spot when we got there. He gets bonus points for all the funny looks people gave him (he was driving Nichole’s red bug:)

Go Gab Go!

Lots of time hanging out and enjoying dinners together! So bummed I live so far away!

 Oh, and doesn’t my family have the cutest animals ever! Nichole’s dog, Izzy, is so well trained and can do lots of tricks. My favorite though has to be when she “dances”!

Lucky for me Gabby came to visit in Texas a few weeks later, still bummed Steph and Nick had to stay behind!

We had such a fantastic time in Utah and Idaho!!! Congrats to the happy couple! (I’ll post more about that later)

We had a spare hour or so before heading out with our families to a yummy birthday dinner and decided to have some fun on the trampoline. Man I miss that trampoline. Would it be weird to get one for a home with no kiddos?

Yep, definitely need my own trampoline!

Flat Stanley and Me

We got the pleasure of getting a visit from Flat Stanley. Flat Stanley is a little boy who got squished and learned he could mail himself anywhere. Trevor (Brandon’s cousin) sent his Flat Stanley to check out San Antonio.

While I’m sure everyone else thought I was a weirdo prancing around the city taking pictures with my paper doll I had a lot of fun!

We went to the Alamo, of course.

The River Walk

Sea World

Stopped by Rudy’s for lunch.

Walked through the Texas Blue Bonnets

and even made Stanley his very own cowboy outfit.

Thank you Trevor (and Stanley) for reminding me of all the fun things here in San Antonio!

Santa Barbara

Thanks for all the kind words and thoughts. We are so blessed to have such amazing friends and family! Things are still a bit gloomy around here, I suspect they will be for a while, but we are trying to stay as positive as we can.

We had such a fun time in Santa Barbara! Before we left Brandon made tons of fudge all by himself! It was delicious!

When we got to SB we had so much fun surprising everyone!

We had so much fun at the Damitz party and enjoying our group bike ride!

Also sometimes I wonder why people think the two of us are siblings?

I’m not sure I will try driving that far again, but I would love to come up with some equally awesome surprises!

A Giraffe in my Window!

My parents like to share a story about when I was about 2 and Nichole was just a newborn. My mom had asked my dad to close the window above Nichole’s crib because there was a draft coming in the window. I kept asking over and over to see. They could not figure out what I wanted to see so badly and I told them that I wanted to see the giraffe coming in the window. Another random Todd family fact: my dad LOVES wildlife and animals. We spent so many hours fascinated by the discovery channel as a family! Anyway, on our trip he wanted to stay in the Animal Kingdom Lodge and he told our concierge that it was really important that we could wake up to giraffes out our window. And that we did! We were told not to keep towels or anything on the deck as they had been known to be snatched off by animals!

I didn’t get a lot of pictures from our days in the parks, but I did happen to snatch a picture of us waiting for my favorite ride!

I also got lots of animal shots from our early morning safari.

We had such an amazing time and were so sad we had to come home!

This cute flamingo was feeding her baby.

Castaway Cay

Having done this trip a few times we’ve learned that being off the ship early is a plus for finding the perfect beach spot with plenty of chairs, even a hammock or two. My family was the first off the boat!

I had a goal on this trip to take a nap in a hammock and I did. It was lovely! We relaxed on the beach, swam with fish, enjoyed water slides, bike riding, great food and imagining kayaking around the island. At the lookout point we may or may not have been scheming a way to hijack some boats to have our own little adventure.

Brandon was a good example to all of us and he ran a 5k first thing.

So much fun!

(p.s. I’m pretty impressed with my little camera for being able to take such clear photos since I was riding my bike while taking pictures. Maybe not the safest idea, but it was fun and I’m glad they turned out!)